LAN Management Q&A [Video]

LAN Management Q&A [Video]

Head of Managed Services Product Management Liz Shaw answers questions about our LAN Management support and the options available to suit varying budget requirements and business needs

If your local area network (LAN) experiences a fault or outage, your entire business could suddenly grind to a halt. And when things go wrong, your valuable time can be hijacked when it could be spent on what you do best – digitally transforming your organisation.

So does it make sense to continue managing a highly complex network in-house? Or would a specialist provider be better placed to proactively maintain the network for you and alleviate the stress of managing it internally?

In this Q&A video, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about our LAN Management support to help you decide the best-fit for your IT requirements and business needs.

Speak to one of our experts today, and find out how we can help you get the most out of your LAN investment.

 

Cloud-driven networking with ExtremeCloud™ IQ [Video]

Cloud-Driven Networking with ExtremeCloud™ IQ [Video]

Learn how to create a more efficient network environment with cloud-driven networking

The cloud simplifies and vastly reduces complexity and cost of IT service delivery – and now your wired, wireless and data centre access networks can enjoy the very same benefits thanks to cloud-driven networking. Knowing that you are in complete control of your network with a flexible, agile, secure, and intelligent solution that supports present and future needs, means you can rest easy and spend more time driving your business forward.

In this video, we introduce ExtremeCloud™ IQ – the industry’s first 4th generation, end-to-end, cloud-deployed network management tool available on all major cloud providers, complete with ISO 27001 certification. With ExtremeCloud™ IQ you can connect your people, applications and information in the most simplified and secure way, whilst streamlining all aspects of your network from deployment to maintenance.

Whatever your sector or type of business, we can help you create a more efficient network environment with cloud-driven networking.

Daisy Mobile Solutions

Meet the ever-increasing mobile demands of modern business.

Capitalise on our success in securing the most competitive commercials in the marketplace today. Thanks to our unique agreements with the networks, we are able to provide the best tariffs across Vodafone and 02.

Not only are we are a supplier of devices, smartphones and accessories with flexible payment methods that suit you, we also offer mobile device management (MDM) and mobile rollout solutions. This helps to protect your business data by giving you the option to remotely install security features across your fleet all from one central point.

Whatever your sector and type of business from city councils to major retailers and airlines – we keep your people always engaged and collaborating securely with customers and colleagues from anywhere, on any device at anytime.

Managing and Monitoring Risk in Professional Services [Video]

Daisy and Extreme Networks make security easier to achieve by minimising or mitigating any potential risks

Today’s professional services providers face unique challenges, from having a secure infrastructure capable of safeguarding clients’ sensitive and valuable information to keeping pace with regulatory and compliance obligations.

Together, Daisy Corporate Services and Extreme Networks can help you simplify and transform your network infrastructure, so that you can focus on driving your business forward. Extreme Management Centre technologies enable IT departments to reduce their risk profile, providing complete control of the network and stopping security threats immediately.

Watch our video to see how you can maximise network security and performance.

Protecting and Monitoring Student Safety [Video]

Daisy and Extreme Networks make security in education easier to achieve by minimising or mitigating any potential risks

Today’s education networks face unique challenges, from having a secure infrastructure capable of supporting modern classroom technology to limited or no visibility of network usage. Additionally, these challenges can create risks for both student and staff safety.

Together, Daisy and Extreme Networks provide campuses with open, software-driven educational networking solutions that are agile, adaptive and secure. Extreme Management Centre technologies give a granular view into student activity and enable IT departments to reduce their risk profile and create a more efficient educational environment.

Watch our video to see how you can maximise network security, student safety, and network performance.

Are there any security implications for SD-WAN? | SD-WAN FAQ Video Series

In our SD-WAN FAQ video series, we answer the most frequently asked questions about SD-WAN adoption.

The fourth video in the series sees Mark Hall, Daisy Corporate Services’ connectivity expert, explain whether there are any security implications for SD-WAN.

Question 4 | Are there any security implications for SD-WAN?

As soon as you start putting your network traffic out onto the internet, security shoots straight to the top of the list of things that you should be considering. A typical software-defined WAN design involves creating a network using encrypted VPN tunnels with stateful packet inspection so you can be confident that your site-to-site traffic is secure.

The other thing that you should be considering is your perimeter security design. One thing that SD-WAN is great for is managing split tunnelling of traffic with internet traffic breaking out locally. Traditional MPLS has a central internet breakout making it really easy to deploy and manage a pair of perimeter firewalls. However, moving that internet breakout to the edge sites means more internet gateways, more attack points and therefore more firewalls that you need to manage.

Fortunately, the best SD-WAN devices on the market are also leading firewalls within their own right, so you can build and manage configuration and updates through a single cloud platform. This means that it’s really easy to manage your perimeter security across a large number of sites.

Daisy works with Cisco to provide Meraki SD-WAN as a fully-managed service. Cisco is a leader in the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.

Is SD-WAN a replacement for MPLS? | SD-WAN FAQ Video Series

In our SD-WAN FAQ video series, we answer the most frequently asked questions about SD-WAN adoption.

In the third video in the series Mark Hall, Daisy Corporate Services’ connectivity expert, discusses whether SD-WAN is a replacement for MPLS.

Question 3 | Is SD-WAN a replacement for MPLS?

SD-WAN is often marketed as a replacement for MPLS. However, this has come about because of how much more expensive MPLS is than internet access in places like the USA and also for connecting international sites. In the UK, the cost difference between internet access and MPLS is relatively limited.

The type of network designs that we’re seeing is hybrid designs incorporating both MPLS and internet access, with SD-WAN operating as the network overlay managing the wide area network design. This type of design offers the best of both worlds resulting in a high performance network that makes the best use of the available bandwidth and available wide area network technologies. Ultimately, this allows users to connect to the applications that they need to in what is an increasingly varied application landscape.

Daisy works with Cisco to provide Meraki SD-WAN as a fully-managed service. Cisco is a leader in the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.

How does SD-WAN help with cloud & SaaS applications? | SD-WAN FAQ Video Series

In our SD-WAN FAQ video series, we answer the most frequently asked questions about SD-WAN adoption.

The second video in the series sees Mark Hall, Daisy Corporate Services’ connectivity expert, explain how SD-WAN can help organisations when it comes to connecting with cloud and SaaS applications.

Question 2 | How does SD-WAN help with cloud & SaaS Applications?

SD-WAN greatly enhances the way that users can connect with cloud and SaaS applications. Almost every business has, is in the process of, or will be looking to migrate to some kind of hybrid data centre model, and it’s unsurprising that this adoption of cloud applications is one of the biggest reasons to deploy a software-defined wide area network.

It’s not so long ago that the majority of business applications were hosted on-premise in private data centres. Now applications can be hosted in those same on-premise data centres, third party locations, cloud environments such as Microsoft Azure or Amazon web services, or consumed in a SaaS model like Salesforce or Microsoft 365. All of this presents challenges around the best way to connect your users to that increasingly varied application environment, and it’s here that SD-WAN can really provide solutions to those challenges.

There are certain features of SD-WAN that enable networks (those that best connect users to applications and that retain the flexibility) to evolve as your IT and application strategy does. These include:

  • Split tunnelling – allows you to connect users back into the corporate network but also directly out to the internet
  • Path selection – decides how to most efficiently route traffic depending on traffic type and destination
  • Load balancing – allows you to use all of the data available or the circuits at your site at any given time

Daisy works with Cisco to provide Meraki SD-WAN as a fully-managed service. Cisco is a leader in the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.

What business challenges can SD-WAN help overcome? | SD-WAN FAQ Video Series

In our SD-WAN FAQ video series, we answer the most frequently asked questions about SD-WAN adoption.

Mark Hall, Daisy Corporate Services’ connectivity expert, discusses how SD-WAN can help overcome some of the challenges facing businesses today in the first video of the series.

Question 1: What business challenges can SD-WAN help overcome?

There are many different business challenges that SD-WAN can help overcome. Ultimately, SD-WAN is about delivering agile, high performing networks that give organisations a huge amount of control over the way they build that network.

IT strategies today are integral to help businesses achieve their objectives, and legacy networking infrastructure can hold back a business in delivering on what it is they are trying to achieve. Whether you’re looking at adopting an increasing amount of cloud applications, integrating an acquisition that’s recently been made, have a range of anomaly sites that otherwise cannot connect back into the network, or simply just want to reduce cost – SD-WAN offers the ability to create and manage innovative wide area networking designs that enable rather than hold back that IT strategy.

Daisy works with Cisco to provide Meraki SD-WAN as a fully-managed service. Cisco is a leader in the Gartner 2018 Magic Quadrant for WAN Edge Infrastructure.